The Loire is named after the river that runs through it's heart and is one of the most famous places in western France. The Loire Valley exemplifies the good things in life; a leisurely pace of life, a mild climate, fine wines and a gentle people. The region is one of rolling countryside; the rich river valley and its vineyards, the fertile arable land, the orchards and the forests. The Loire is more than just a wine region. This extensive region has many sub wine regions— Nantes, Anjou, Touraine, Chinon, Bourgueil, Vouvray, Valcay, Coteaux to name a few. With its rivers and hills, castles (chateaux) and immaculate gardens, it is arguably the most scenic of France’s wine regions.